A man writing under the name Sean Brown at a pro-Republican web site called MrConservative claimed yesterday that, “There’s a bombshell of a rumor going around right now that Chief Justice John Roberts has signed off on Interpol to have Obama removed from office for multiple counts of treason. The charges are to include declaring war without consent of Congress, Second Amendment infringements, and abuse of the Posse Comitatus Act during the Bundy land dispute.”
A bombshell of a rumor going around? Where exactly is this bombshell of a rumor going around?
It’s a rumor at places like PakalertPress, which has falsely predicted imminent martial law over and over again for the last few years. It’s a rumor at places like Before It’s News, where recent top stories have included revelations that bison are running away from Yellowstone National Park because the animals are experts at predicting volcanic eruptions.
Of course, we can’t dismiss a claim simply because it comes from sources that have proven to be astoundingly disreputable in the past. We also should consider the quality of the claim itself. There are a few very good reasons to conclude that the rumors spreading amongst right wing kooks of Barack Obama’s imminent arrest are rubbish.
1. Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t work for Interpol.
2. Interpol doesn’t have jurisdiction to enforce U.S. federal laws and constitutional provisions.
3. The procedure for removing a sitting President of the United States from office is clearly established: It’s called impeachment. Section 4 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The Constitution elsewhere gives Congress, not Interpol, the power to conduct impeachment.
4. None of the articles claiming that John Roberts has signed a warrant for the arrest of Barack Obama present any evidence to substantiate their assertions.
The Obama Interpol arrest rumor isn’t just false. It’s blatantly false. Only an ignorant, gullible idiot could believe these articles… which has me concerned that Republican voters may in fact accept the story as true.